Bogus issues and a Good Old Celtic debate


I’ve not spent a lot of time online this week (work sometimes creeps in) but can’t believe the amount of traction that notion that Sevco would somehow be able to acquire SFA membership of a dead club, with all associated benefits, but be in a position to dictate set terms on how past misdeeds of Rangers would be recorded.

This is a bogus debate which serves only to deflect from the more serious issues facing Sevco, namely, do they have circa £25m to pay their way this season?  If not, their pedantic views of disciplinary matters are moot, although they may be used as a principled excuse to fold a football club.

On more positive matters……….

Tony Hamilton asked me into the Celtic TV to discuss various issues surrounding the club.  We spoke about how recent events elsewhere have had a galvanising impact on supporters of Celtic and other clubs, where Celtic’s future should be.  I also gave a breakdown of what the death of Rangers would mean financially to Celtic, with or without Champions League group stage qualification, talked about how it would benefit the entire Scottish game if we found a new league to play in, and the great atmosphere we have at Celtic Park these days – which you can experience if you buy a season ticket, which you absolutely-without-a-doubt-should!

Do it now.  The video is below:

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  1. Teuchter ár lá on 27 July, 2012 at 05:08 said:


    It’ll be played under the gaslights on Glebe Street with the twins’ jaikets used for goals. Daphne will be shouting on Joe who plays mid right for Brechin, while Paw and Grandpaw watch from the window of number 10.


    No doubt Ally will be too busy chatting up Maggie and will not notice the twins moving out the jaikets of the zombie goals to ensure Hen scores the winner, when he rises above Elbows to nod home Joe’s cross.

  2. GG


    Magic, The local constabulary would be delighted with the replacement team as PC Murdoch would be able to handle the game himself instead of having to call in reinforcements from Auchenshoogle.


    Teuchter ár lá

  3. GG


    Night amigo…..A’wa tae bed wi a big grin oan.


    Hey was one o’ the Broons no called Scott?


    Crivvens ah canny mind noo.


    Teuchter ár lá.

  4. Just woke up with the most head banging hangover but its good to see they have one day to go and are no further forward. If I were a Brechin director today I would be saying forget it we are no playing a team we know nothing about, not even their name. Back to bed



  5. Oor Wullie could sell a ticket for his bucket.


    The zombie crowd would be Fat Boab, Wee Eck and Soapy Soutar.


    There would be loud cries of “Jings, crivvens and help ma boab” when the Zombie goal is threatened.


    Francis Gay would file the match report.

  6. Zombie Govan Ghosts make Wall Street Journal.




    At the far end of Glebe Park, the ground of Brechin City Football Club, a groundsman gently pushes an old metal machine, carefully painting a thin white line along the touchline.



    Behind him looms the club’s largest stand, situated—unusually—behind a goal, rather than the more orthodox location on the halfway line. The latter position is occupied instead by the ground’s most striking feature: a tall, beech hedge that runs around a third of the pitch.



    In the lower leagues of Scottish soccer, where an average match day attendance is around 500, aesthetics are taken seriously.



    “Aye, we just had it trimmed,” said Martin Smith, vice chairman of Brechin City Football Club, speaking on Tuesday. “At the beginning of every season we get the hedge-cutter in to make it look good for the start of the campaign.”



    This year, Brechin City’s famous hedge is preparing to witness the most astonishing start to any season in the club’s 106-year history. The smallest city in Britain to have a professional football team is primed to kick off its campaign with a Ramsdens Cup tie at home against one of the oldest and most decorated institutions in world football, Glasgow Rangers.

  7. petec on 27 July, 2012 at 05:51 said:


    At least Francis Gay would have more credibility than Chic, Jabba and Keevins.

  8. GourockEmeraldBhoy on

    Good morning to all from a bright M6 on a long journey to margate. Hopefully get there in one piece. Missing the Helsinki game but back for the flag party..




  9. West Wales Celt on



    After the constant big upping of MacShagger in recent years his signing on at Besiktas suggests his talents may have been somewhat over-egged (no disrespect intended to the Turkish club).


    There were a distinct lack of EPL giants in the hunt for his autograph…

  10. What a surprise – the DR manages to put together an article on a football manager attempting to avoid paying tax. After months of avoiding saying anything controversial in case it upset the Myth or Minty they go for the jugular – except it’s our manager:


    Record details NL’s tax avoidance

  11. Morning,



    Manchester United and Arsenal have joined QPR and Stoke in the pursuit of Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama. Scouts from each club watched the Kenyan, 21, in Celtic’s 1-0 defeat by Norwich on Tuesday.

  12. Good moring friends and a very Big Happy Friday from a clear skied and sun drenched East Kilbride.

  13. Eurochamps67 on

    Morning all. On days like today you curse that Feed and Weed stuff you put on the lawn in May. Heavy day on the strimmer then mower. Great to be back.


    So Lenny has a dodgy tax case, Kayal, Ki and Vic for the off, no Rhodes or centre half and a died club are close to being hunky dory again.


    MSM don’t you just love them.



    Until later fellow Champions.



    EC 67

  14. Morning from a blistering hot Turkish riviera


    Already in thirties


    As ole DBBIA asks


    Are thems dead yet?


    Happy belated birthday to Sean Fallon

  15. Morning All,



    Just about to leave for my trip to Glasgow, should arrive at my hotel by 4 o clock, will be wearing my new CQN badges, if you see me please say hello, its her indoors first ever trip to Scotland, taking her to the game tomorrow, I hope she gets a great Glasgow welcome.

  16. Thindimebhoy on

    So Sevco may get a day pass



    If so this is more fawning fudge from the authorities

  17. Canny believe ole BT has dumped the Greek gods and goddesses for some Turkish delights this year. Here was me thinking ole BT was a socialist too, a man with morals, a man with a sense of loyalty, who would go out his way to help a country in need of his Euros. But no. He just dumps the ole Greeks and jumps to the other side. Just like that. I imagine he could even return home an x-Hun to watch his new club take on their new found competitors in the South of Scotland league division 5.



    Tut! Tut! Tut!




  18. The SFA has become a total joke, no authority shown, no decisive action taken, the game will struggle to recover from this endless farce, every day a new low in stupidity.



    How difficult can it be, a team qualifies for a license or they don’t.



    A one day license it’s like those stamps you got on the back of your hands for going in and out of parties years ago.



    What I don’t understand is why the rest of the SFL are not kicking up a fuss about their season being disrupted to the extent it has, FFS it’s starts tomorrow and the situation has not been resolved.



    Gross mismanagement of the highest order, the sooner the collars get felt the better and get these begging bowl sevco junkies right out of the place.




  19. Morning CQNer’s



    blantyretim on 27 July, 2012 at 07:53 said:




    Hi M8.


    I hope you don’t mind me asking but, I’ve been looking at plenty of pics of The Lisbon Lion’s in the build-up to the game the morra and, I don’t see big Tam Gemmill.


    The rest of the group seem to be there – Big Ceaser- The Original Holy Goalie etc but no TG ?


    P.S. Have a Ghreat Holiday with yer Ghreat Celtic Family.


    All the Best


    God Bless


    Hail Hail

  20. If the TV companies are again trying to force newco into a membership when they dont qualify and should the SFA cave in then surely all supporters should boycott them and cancel their subscriptions.TV deals should be unconditional.

  21. KevJungle – Murdo..10 men Championees..1979 on 27 July, 2012 at 08:12 said:



    I’m sure Tommy was in hospital a while back Kev, that’s probably why he’s not there…I don’t know how his health is now..

  22. Kev



    Tommy Gemmill isn’t in the best of health these days,probably accounts for his absence HH

  23. MWD


    Spreading the hoops to Eftalia


    keV not heard anything heard Charlie had taken I’ll on Monday too


    Winding up the English buy cheering goal by Senegal last night


    Battery going bhoys

  24. Kenneth Mure QC named as man tasked with ruling on Rangers’ Big Tax case


    Jul 27 2012





    THIS is the man who will be taking the decision on the Rangers Big Tax case.


    Scots barrister Kenneth Mure QC is chairing the three-person tribunal on the £50million offshore tax


    avoidance schemes which helped drag Rangers into financial disaster.


    The schemes – known as Employee Benefit Trusts – were run by the club between 2001 and 2010 during Sir David Murray’s ownership.


    Rangers set up the foreign trusts for 87 players and staff – then paid cash into them in addition to their regular wages, which meant UK tax was avoided on the extra money.


    Ex-skipper Barry Ferguson pocketed £2.49million tax- free. Former manager Alex McLeish got £1.7million and German keeper Stefan Klos was given £2million.


    Ex-chairman Murray himself got £6.3million via an EBT, although he says the money came via Murray International Holdings, not the club.


    The Inland Revenue believe the Rangers EBT payments were against the law, a claim Rangers disputed at every stage of the tribunal.


    A possible multi-million pound fine over the EBTs was one of the reasons Bank of Scotland pressured Murray into selling the club for £1 to Craig Whyte last year.


    Mure is presiding over the tax tribunal with accountancy experts Dr Heidi Poon and Scott Rae.


    But last night, Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service said there is no set date for when the decision will be known.


    The result was originally expected around Easter, after Rangers went into administration but before the club were liquidated.


    But a courts service spokeswoman said last night: “There has never been a set time for a decision.


    “All the evidence has been heard and it is now a matter of the ruling being issued.”


    The spokeswoman would not say when the evidence part of the procedure had begun, how many days


    it had lasted, or who gave evidence.


    The determination issued by the tribunal, with Mure as judge, will address what measures could be taken by HMRC against Rangers now the club have ceased to exist in their old form.


    But even if the tribunal rules against Rangers, there is little the taxman can do to retrieve any fine imposed.


    Financial expert Neil Patey, a partner in accountancy giants Ernst and Young, said: “HMRC will have no claim on the newco. The newco bought the assets of the oldco, not its corporate history.


    “In essence, a victory for HMRC will mean it will get a significantly bigger proportion of the £1million or so available from the £5.5million put in by Charles Green’s consortium. This will obviously mean other creditors get significantly less.”










    It won’t be the decision itself which will damn those involved, it will be the detailed narration of exactly who did what and when.

  25. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Ole Hunguffers really scraping the bottom of the barrel this mornin’.



    I don’t kno’ why they don’t just cream themselves de luxe and print ‘Exclusive! Neil Lennon IS Bible John’.



    I’m sure they’re just dyin’ to do it.

  26. Assume Sevco don’t make it ….what happens ?



    Do the SFL put another team in …or are the other members of div 3 handicapped by having less games and therefore less revenue …

  27. setting free the bears on 26 July, 2012 at 22:59 said:





    “but let’s allow Colin his right to make his argument and leave it to the likes of SFTB, and others qualified in Sociology, to consider the more prosaic aspects of these suggested themes.”



    I “studied” Sociology as one of 5 first year subjects at Strarthclyde Uni and promptly gave it up because of the teeth breaking English and the life-sucking tedium of most topics covered.



    I did 4 years of sociology.


    I didn’t find it boring, I found it exciting and interesting.



    But that probably points to how boring I am :-)

  28. I refuse to read or click on the web site of the Daily RETARD can anyone give a quick summary of they muck raking article that they have printed on NFL


    Thanks in advance